Laurel Osterkamp
I'll admit it: occasionally I like to pretend that my life is a movie, and that I'm
the star. No problem feels insurmountable if I'm humming a heart-rousing movie
soundtrack in my mind. No conversation is too painful or awkward if I can utter a
truly quotable line. And no mistake is too asinine if I can imagine an audience's
sympathetic laughter at my ineptitude.
Thirty-five-year-old Samantha acts without thinking. Her heart is huge while her
sense of purpose is small; she's willing to fight for those she loves, but she's never
learned to fight for herself. Eighteen-year-old Melody is cold and calculating, and
she's driven by the desire to better herself. As these compelling yet deeply flawed
women battle for the affections of 25-year-old Nathan, he becomes increasingly
confused and torn between them.
Nathan is Melody's English teacher, and after he saves her from being raped, she
becomes attached to him. Melody longs for the affection she's never felt, so she
involves her friends and family in her self-invented drama, making sure she is at
once the star and the director. Meanwhile, Samantha is newly married to Nathan.
But Samantha has issues, including hang-ups about motherhood and lingering
feelings for her ex. To make sense of the world, Sam relates her life to the themes
of her favorite movies, while she independently makes a documentary in order to
jump-start her non-existent film career.
Stylistically influenced by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner, Starring in the Movie of
My Life
is told alternately from both Samantha's and Melody's points-of-view and
relates two complete yet combined stories about love, acceptance, and redemption.
It speaks to our universal desire to be saved by the ones we love, and the
monumental effort required to save ourselves.
2011 Award-winning finalist:

  • National Indie Excellence
    Book Awards (Chick-Lit)

  • International Book Awards
    (Women's Fiction & Young
    Adult Fiction)